Vaughn College recognized the achievements of the class of 2024’s top students at the annual Honors Convocation Ceremony. Elena Buenrostro, founder and chief executive officer of Women Who Drone, delivered the convocation address to students.”I’m reminded that our stories are not just our own—they’re part of a larger narrative involving many others including those surrounding you in this room today,” said Buenrostro. “As you begin to think about your next move whether it’s starting that new job or maybe even starting your own business, stay connected with one another beyond this moment.”

Jewel Fletcher ’24, aircraft operations major, served as student speaker and was the recipient of the Bessie Coleman Award, presented to the student with the highest cumulative grade point average who also demonstrates the professional and civic values that exemplify Vaughn’s mission. Other awards included academic recognition, leadership athletics and service recognition. “I stand here this evening not only as a representative of my own journey but also as a symbol of what is possible when we embrace diversity, foster inclusivity, and empower each other to pursue our passions and ambitions,” said Fletcher. “To my professors and mentors at Vaughn College, thank you, for your guidance, wisdom, and unwavering support. You have challenged me to think critically, to push boundaries, and to never settle for anything less than my best.

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